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Parents’ Memo
May 12, 2006

The Parents’ Memo is our Lower School newsletter for the parents of the students. This Memo comes out each week with the news of the past week as well as future events and items of interest for the parents.

“A mother’s life is the expression of the creative power of nature.”—Maharishi

 

Dear Parents,

HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY, SUNDAY MAY 14TH!

SPRING FUNDRAISER A GREAT SUCCESS

Thank you all for helping to create such a successful Spring Fundraiser.  The “Celebration of Maharishi Yagya Performances” was a wonderful evening of fun games and delicious food, great entertainment,  and truly  amazing cakes.

The prizes for Most Beautiful Cake went to:

1st place–Kathy Ketterhagen

2nd place–Soley and Jonina Thorsteinsdottir

3rd place–Jan Koelblinger.

The prizes for Most Delicious Cake went to:

lst place–Loren Town

2nd place–Nahid Mohammadi

3rd place–Jan Koelblinger.

The prizes for Most Creative Cake went to:

lst place–Darjaal Cahill

2nd place–Dorothy Rowe

3rd place–Tim Roberts and Kathleen Brawner tied.  Congratulations to everyone!

Thank you once again for supporting Maharishi School and for providing our students, faculty, staff, and administration with the resources to keep our School strong and growing.

Word has come back from supporters all across the country as to how much they too enjoyed the yagyas. We wish you all the greatest happiness and success.

SCHOOL UNIFORM INFORMATION

This week, a mailing was sent to all families containing       uniform ordering information. Please note that uniform orders need to be in the Lower School office by May 26th.

For your convenience, sample sizes of  Dennis Uniform items are available for try-on in the School offices. Please call your child’s office to make an appointment for try-on.

SPRING CHOIR AND ORCHESTRA SHOW -TONIGHT!

The Lower School Spring Choir and Orchestra Show will take place TONIGHT, May 12th, at 7:15 pm in the Henry Ogden Clark Auditorium. Lower School students enjoyed a preview concert this afternoon at our Friday Assembly.

We hope that many families will be able to come and enjoy this annual event. Choir and Orchestra members, if you have any further questions, please call Mrs. Dollive at 472-4427, or Mrs. Rowe at 469-5234.

ANNOUNCING BOLD NEW INITIATIVES TO STRENGTHEN THE FUTURE OF OUR SCHOOL

You are invited to attend an All-School Meeting on Wednesday, May 17th, at 7:30 pm in the Clark Auditorium.  This promises to be the most significant and interesting meeting in years. Topics will include:

Marketing/Expansion Plans: Molly Cutter, Director of Expansion, with Dick DeAngelis and other high-powered marketing and sales professionals, are spearheading a breakthrough marketing plan for the School, focused on producing new enrollments, rather than merely "general interest" in what we are doing.

The new Marketing Advisory Board has developed a plan that is practical and well-structured, with targets, goals, and follow-up built in.  The premise is that there are plenty of families who would choose the special advantages and lifestyle we offer--we simply have to be effective in locating and contacting them. 

Teaching Excellence Committee:  Due in part to discussions that the Parents Association has had with School Council (and based in turn on feedback from the parents at large), the school initiated a new Committee on Teaching Excellence this past week, chaired by Chris Jones (School Board member and MUM professor) and staffed by some of the "master teachers" of our School, as well as key administrators and a parent rep. 

On behalf of the Board, Chris Jones brings a serious commitment to fostering and maintaining teaching excellence. Come hear Chris Jones outline the practical steps to be taken to ensure Teaching Excellence.

Financial Plans:  Richard Hobbs, a member of the School Board, is developing plans to bolster the long-term financial strength of the School, based on successful strategies used by other institutions, creatively applied to our unique situation.  The Board recognizes that it is time to take bold action in this area. Come hear the presentation by Richard Hobbs on making our school financially strong.

ISACS Results: 

The ISACS committee (12 visiting consulting educators from the Independent Schools accrediting body) recently completed their visit, which was the culmination of a year-long self-evaluation period by the School.

Come hear a summary of the recommendations and commendations made by ISACS.

Let's make this the largest turn-out ever for an All-School Meeting. See you on May 17th!

SCHOLASTIC BOOK FAIR IN THE LOWER SCHOOL MEDIA CENTER

Parents and children are invited to come to the Media Center’s Scholastic Book Fair, which will continue through Tuesday, May 16th. This is a wonderful opportunity to see and purchase good quality books, posters, and other items for children of all ages just in time for summer.

The Book Fair helps the Media Center by generating income to purchase new materials. We encourage you to visit during regular school hours. We will also remain open until 4 p.m. each day.

Thank you for your generous support!

3RD THROUGH 6TH GRADE BIKE RIDES

The League of American Bicyclists is promoting the week of May 15-19 as National Bike Week. In addition, Friday, May 19th is Ride Your Bike to Work Day.

To honor these efforts, in the next 2 weeks, the 3rd through 6th grade students will be going on a bike ride on one of their PE days. This is a very fun ride, and our thanks to the parents who have volunteered to ride with their child’s class!

There is still room for any parents who would like to join the ride. We will ride on the bike trails that surround campus.

A permission slip and an information letter have been sent home this week. Will you please help your child practice bike riding this weekend and review how to shift gears and how to ride safely?  Thank you!
PE Bike Ride Schedule:
Monday, May 15th: 5th/6th grade boys
Tuesday, May 16th: 3rd/4th grade girls
Friday, May 19th: 3rd/4th grade boys
Tuesday, May 23rd: 5/6th grade girls

We will leave the school at 10:05 and return by 11:55.

Students should wear: PE Uniform, helmet, athletic shoes, and sunscreen. Sunglasses are nice to have.

Please bring to school on your designated morning:
1. Bike: This weekend, please make sure that your bike is road ready! Adjust seat & handlebars to proper height. You should be able to fully extend your leg when pedaling. Check for correct tire pressure.
2. Helmet: Adjust straps so that your helmet fits straight across your head, covering your forehead.
3. Water: It must be in a plastic bottle.  Make sure that it fits in your bike water bottle holder OR bring a small backpack.
4. Nutritious snacks: Carry them in a bike bag or in your backpack.

PRESCHOOL MOVING TO HOPSON (LOWER SCHOOL) BUILDING

We are happy to announce that Maharishi Preschool and Childcare will be moving to the Hopson (Maharishi Lower School) Building this summer. It will be located in a classroom on the second floor, close to the Kindergarten and the Primary grades.

The Preschool teachers are excited about the move, since they will feel more a part of the liveliness of the whole School and will be closer to its facilities, including the library, music room, and greenhouse.

One of the benefits of being together is that the group consciousness of the whole School will nurture and support our youngest students. The teachers will still provide the same nourishing environment for the children and will continue to use the current playground for daily outdoor play.

We anticipate that this new location will be more convenient for the Preschool parents when they are dropping off and picking up their children.

The Preschool teachers are looking forward to having their new home in the Hopson Building, with occasional visits from the other classes nearby.

Due to the move, there will be no Pioneer Day Camp this summer.

MAHARISHI SCHOOL GREENHOUSE

An abundance of greens are available for purchase from the Maharishi School Greenhouse.  Look for these bags of produce at the bus stop, in front of the school, on Tuesday afternoons from 3:00 pm -4:00 pm and at the Golden Dome Market.  Seedlings are also available for purchase.

EARLY TO BED...

A few teachers have mentioned to me that their students seem to have a little less energy these days. Being a parent, I know how easy it is to allow our children to stay up later as the sun is setting later, but I also know the consequences.

Even though only a few weeks of school remain, I wanted to give a reminder to encourage you to get your children to bed on time, so they can be fresh and rested at School the following day.

The general recommendation from Maharishi Ayur-Veda is:

• Kindergarten by 8:00 pm
     • Grades 1, 2, 3 between 8:00 and 8:15 pm
     • Grades 4, 5, 6 between 8:15 and 8:30 pm

REQUIRED HEALTH PHYSICALS FOR SIXTH GRADERS

If your child will be in 7th through 12th grade next year, and plans on playing sports at any time during the 2006-2007 school year, this information is for you.

Iowa High School Athletic Association requires a current physical for all students in 7th through 12th grade before they can practice or play in a sport.

Required physicals for next school year will be given in the Athletic Department (across from the Lower School Office) on the following dates:

Saturday, May 20th from 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Wednesday, May 24th from 4:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Saturday, June 3rd from 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Saturday, August 26th from 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

The discounted price for this physical is $15.00. Payment is required at time of exam. If you have any questions, please call the Athletic Department at 472-9400, ext. #5535.

TRAFFIC SAFETY

As the end of the year approaches, we want to remind everyone to be vigilant when it comes to traffic safety and driving manners. Several parents have voiced concerns over this.
• Always maintain a safe driving speed on campus. The speed limit is 15 mph.
• Be especially careful when driving down the road by the frats and driving near the Student Union. There are many small     children walking and biking here. Be sure to be on the alert for children darting out from between parked cars.
• Drive carefully in the parking lots by the Fieldhouse. The
pedestrian traffic there can be heavy and erratic.
• Remember to observe the 3-way stop at the entrance to the turn-around in front of the School.
• When dropping off children, pull all the way up to the first available space along the sidewalk, so that others may pull in behind you.

Always wait to discharge passengers until you have pulled up to the sidewalk. Please don’t park along the curb during drop-off and pick-up times, but use the visitor parking on the far side of the turn-around!

Thank you for your cooperation and consideration.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

DI SHOWCASE:  Saturday, May 20, is a fundraising event for the Destination ImagiNation teams going to Global Finals. Admission is as follows: $5.00/students, $7.00/adults, $20.00 for an entire family. Come see what all the buzz  is about, and enjoy highlights from the winning presentations by our fabulously creative teams. There will be delicious treats, and a special Silent Auction. The Silent Auction preview starts at 7:00 pm and the
main event begins at 7:45 pm in the Clark Auditorium.

No School Monday, May 29—Memorial Day.

Registration is due Tuesday, May 30th.

Uniform orders are due in the Lower School office May 26th!

If You Are Going Out Of Town please notify the
  Lower School office by sending in a note prior to your trip.
  Thank you.

Name/Address/Phone Changes: If you have recently made a change, please inform the Lower School office at 472–9400 so that we have the most up-to-date information.

 

Have a fun weekend!

 

Best wishes,

Laura Bordow

 

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